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Over the last several months, a team of teachers from all grade levels in our district has been meeting to work on the question, “What Common Core math curriculum materials should we be using in our district?” Led by our Assistant Superintendent, Cathy Baur, the team researched the curricula that has been developed nationally and locally, examined these curricula based on their clarity, focus, rigor, ease-of-understanding, and other factors, and determined top top curricula to pilot for this year and nextl. These two curricula are EngageNY (which many teachers are already using) and Go Math.
While a well-rounded, thoughtful math course never relies on just one set of materials but rather draws from a multitude of high quality sources, it’s crucial to have a high quality central curriculum around which to based pacing, methodology, and other fundamental aspects of pedagogy.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s math teacher, our site math coach, Cathy Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out to me directly.
Come out to the annual Panther Prowl Walkathon on Friday, March 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. There will be games (including a pseudo-dunk tank), food, music, froyo, and fun! Thank you to the PTA committee who planned this year’s walkathon, which once again took in a record amount (over $15,000) in funds for field trips, classroom supplies, and other forms of teacher- and student-support. And of course, thank you to our entire community, without whose support we would not be nearly as awesome!
Standardized Testing Dates
Crittenden’s testing window this year will be April 27 - May 15. The ELA and math tests are taken over three days: ELA the week of April 27 and math the week of May 4. The last week in the window will be for makeup testing and the 8th grade Science test.
Families, please do not schedule any vacations during this time. If you need to schedule medical appointments in that window, please make them for the afternoons. Thank you for your support!
New Text Messaging System
The Mountain View Whisman School District is adding text-messaging as an additional communication mechanism. Starting this Friday, you may receive a text message from the District asking you to opt-in. In order to continue to receive important messages from the District via text please reply with "Y", "Yes", or "Opt-in" when you receive this message.
This system will run in parallel to the Remind app that we use at Crittenden for the rest of the year. Next year, it will replace Remind.
To opt-out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg or reply STOP to the opt-in message that you receive. If you opt-in, but decide to opt out later, you may also reply "STOP" to any message or send STOP to 68453.
The District does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.
IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
Student Intent Surveys this month
ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2015-16 school year. The InfoSnap code (password) will be emailed to parents on Monday, March 23, 2015. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2015-16 school year by Friday, March 27, 2015.
Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the flyer attached for additional information and help nights.
Yearbooks on sale
Capture the memories of the school year with your own yearbook to be signed by all your friends and teachers. Yearbooks are on sale for $30 in the office. The price will increase to $35 starting March 17th. There are limited supplies left so be sure to reserve your yearbook today before it is too late!
Tickets for Alice in Wonderland
Come see this fast-paced stage adaptation based on the 1951 film “Alice in Wonderland” and the books “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12. Shows are Friday, March 13 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 14 at 7 pm andSunday, March 15 at 2 pm.
You can purchase tickets in 1 of 3 ways:
1. Use a paper order form and drop off in the office. Your tickets will be held at Will Call. An email confirmation will be sent to you when your order is filled.
2. Use the online order form at http://tinyurl.com/cms-alice. Ticket order will not be filled until money is received. Please place you money in an envelope and leave your money in the box in the office. An email confirmation will be sent to you when your order is filled.
3. Tickets for all 3 shows can be purchased from Carol in the front office.
Buy your MVEF Gala Tickets Now!
Support our schools & sample delicious food at Taste of Mountain View 2015, MVEF's Spring Gala and Auction, on March 21, 6:30-11:00 pm at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue.
Great Mountain View restaurants are generously donating food for MVEF’s Gala & Auction, presented by Google. We are very grateful for the community support of these establishments: Amber India, Bierhaus, Mixx, Oren’s Hummus Shop & Shana Thai. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door: order online and save – www.mvef.org.
MVEF Raffle tickets are on sale
The Mountain View Educational Foundation is currently selling tickets to its raffle. The raffle drawing will be held at the upcoming Gala, which is taking place this year on Saturday, March 21.
Raffle Ticket Price: $5 each or 5 for $20
- 4 San Francisco Giants opening weekend tickets ($400 value)
- 5 Taste of Mountain View Restaurant $50 gift certificates ($250 value)
- 4 Earthquakes vs. Galaxy game tickets ($100 value)
For tickets, please contact Adrienne Heiskanen or Wendy Tanabe:
Adrienne: 650-996-6729 email@example.com
Wendy: 650-938-1951 firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome to attend the MVEF Gala on Saturday, March 21. For information and tickets, go to www.mvef.org.
8th Grade Graduation Dance: Saturday, May 30
Families, if you can help with any aspect of this annual tradition, please contact Ms. Mogin (email@example.com) to volunteer.
Crittenden Night at the Movies!
Crittenden and Cinemark are proud to present the first Crittenden Night at the Movies. Come see INSURGENT Wednesday, March 18th, 6:30pm at Shoreline Century 16, two days before the rest of the world sees it. Tickets are $15 and include a small popcorn and a small drink. Tickets are on sale now during lunch. The movie is rated PG-13, so parental permission is strongly suggested if under 13. Tickets are limited and will be a first come, first serve basis.
Building a Community for our Children through Social Capital - As parents and caregivers for our children with special needs, we strive to create a community around them where they can participate and feel included. We will hear from local organizations, who will discuss how they are building inclusive communities right here in the Bay Area using this model. The discussion will include what we can each do to help our kids build social capital and make this 'interdependent' community a reality. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024. For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
The San Jose Area Writing Project has summer programs for young writers. Check out the program offerings here: http://sjawp.org/youth_writing_programs.html